What is spiritual emergence?

What is Spiritual Emergence (SE)

SoulScapes Foundation for Healing, Vision, and Transformation supports the process known as Spiritual Emergence. When this process (explained in detail below), is poorly understood, mis-diagnosed, or ignored, a great opportunity for integration of the Self can be lost. When Spiritual Emergence is identified,  understood, and worked with in a caring, honouring way, SE can be an ultimate gift of initiation and awakening.

As an advocate to the human soul, SoulScapes is dedicated to providing transpersonal psychology, mentoring, and immersions to individuals going through this sacred passage.

Fundamentally, Spiritual Emergence is a process whereby one experiences sometimes radical shifts in perceptions of reality, and of oneself. As one experiences these changes, the falsehoods upon which their lives were once set may be experienced as falling away. This can be as freeing, marked by peak experiences, and a feeling of being more ‘sane’ than previous reference points. Likewise, the individual can experience times of SE as isolating, disorienting, frightening or energetically and emotionally raw.

The definition below is offered by the Spiritual Emergence Service (2015) http://spiritualemergence.net

The term Spiritual Emergence has been used to refer to the awakening of the spiritual potential within an individual that initiates the unfolding and expansion of that individual’s way of being. It is a natural process of growth toward a deeper, more connected and expanded way of being, that usually occurs slowly throughout our lives and is gently integrated. When this process occurs rapidly or becomes very intense it can seem disruptive and out of context with everyday life, precipitating a personal crisis which is referred to as a Spiritual Emergency.

Spiritual Emergence can also be referred to as Kundalini awakening (KA), shamanic journey, mystical experience, awakening the Divine within, psychic opening, out-of-body experience (OBE), or near-death experience (NDE).

Spiritual Emergence may be initiated or intensified by major life transitions, trauma, terminal illness, physical or emotional distress, the use of psychoactive drugs, as well as through intensive psychotherapy or practices such as breathwork, certain types of Yoga, deep prayer and meditation.

Although emergence is a natural process, traditional Western medicine and helping professions have not generally recognized it. Spiritual Emergence has the dual nature of being potentially deeply healing as well as potentially deeply disturbing. When those experiencing disturbed manifestations of SE seek traditional health care, they may feel misunderstood or be diagnosed as emotionally disturbed and prescribed medication or other medical interventions. The healing potential of the emerging spirit is often distorted or smothered and the aim of symptom management becomes the goal of therapy.

The spiritual Emergence Service believes that it is essential that the support of SE is open, compassionate and holistic, that is, supporting the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Our aim is to support the process and the individual by providing support and information as well as access to alternative healing professionals.

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